We encourage you to discuss your plans with neighbours before you lodge your application with council. This gives you an opportunity to consider and address any concerns they may have with the plans.
If you’re approached by a neighbour about a permit application, ask for a copy of the plans so you can think carefully about what is proposed and how you might be affected. By talking to and negotiating with the permit applicant and the council planner, you may be able to avoid making a submission.
If you have concerns, suggest ways that the plans could be changed to address them. For example, it may be possible to retain a significant tree for shade and screening if the setback from the boundary is increased. The permit applicant might not agree to make these changes, but they will be aware of your concerns.